When the first conductor stepped to the podium in Brooklyn in 1857 to launch the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Bizet, Wagner and Berlioz were the strident young voices of new music. De Tocqueville had just departed Brooklyn to warn our European cousins about the mad democratic experiment he’d witnessed in America. Abraham Lincoln’s wife hurried to attend the Philharmonic’s first concert in Brooklyn’s new music hall. And the people of Brooklyn were, as always, defining what it means to really live in our country.
Now 155 years later, the Brooklyn Phil is not only one of the oldest living orchestras in the New World, but with 175 world premieres under our belt, 72 works commissioned from living composers, and the accolades of 22 ASCAP awards, we are also one of the most adventurous and widely acclaimed musical forces in America. The New York Times calls Brooklyn Phil “feisty and provocative.” Rolling Stone raves that Brooklyn Phil is “vital” and “inspired.”
Come see for yourself! Join Brooklyn Phil in Brooklyn’s many famed neighborhoods to connect with the vibrant musical traditions of the people who love it most.
The Brooklyn Philharmonic is a nationally recognized symphony orchestra presenting outstanding performances that serve and celebrate the diverse and ever-changing cultural fabric of Brooklyn and greater New York City. Dedicated to innovation, artistic collaboration, arts education, and engaging audiences, the Brooklyn Phil substantially contributes to Brooklyn’s vibrant music scene and provides musical experiences for people of all ages.
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